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Upper Dolpo Trekking - 25 days

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25 days
Max. Elevation
Group size
All ground transportation as per itinerary
Best Season
3 nights hotel in Kathmandu and 22 nights in mountain lodge
3 meals a day (Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner) During the trek
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Ends at
Trip Route
Kathmandu-Nepalgunj-Juphal-Dunai-Chepka-Renje-Phoksundo Lake-Chunemba-Shey Gumba-Saldang-Yangze Gompa-Sibu-Jeng La Phedi-Tokyu Gaon-Dho Tarap-Khanigaon-Tarakot


    • A very remote and restricted area
    • Visit ancient Buddhist monasteries on cliff sites
    • Magnificent views of great Himalayan peaks
    • Breathtaking dry desert and landscapes
    • Experience Trans Himalayan culture & tradition
    • Beautiful tranquil lake and sparkling water falls

Upper Dolpo Trekking offers an unparalleled adventure in one of the most remote and untouched regions of Nepal. Situated in the rain shadow of the Himalayas, Upper Dolpo is renowned for its rugged terrain, ancient Tibetan culture, and breathtaking landscapes.

The journey begins in Kathmandu, where trekkers fly to Nepalgunj and then to Juphal, the gateway to Dolpo. From Juphal, the trail winds through picturesque villages, dense forests, and high mountain passes, offering stunning views of snow-capped peaks and deep valleys.

Trekking in Upper Dolpo is not for the faint-hearted. The rugged terrain and high altitude present a challenge even to experienced by you. However, the rewards are well worth the effort. Along the way, you will encounter traditional Tibetan villages, where ancient customs and rituals are still practiced today.

One of the highlights of the trek is Phoksundo Lake a shimmering turquoise jewel set amidst the barren landscape. You can camp by the lake and soak in the tranquility of this remote wilderness.

Another must-see attraction is Shey Gompa a centuries-old monastery perched high on a hilltop. The monastery is home to a community of Buddhist monks and offers sweeping views of the surrounding mountains.

As you journey deeper into Upper Dolpo, there will pass through high mountain passes such as Kang La Pass (5,360m) and Sela La Pass (5,200m), where you can witness breathtaking panoramic views of the Himalayas.

The trek concludes in Juphal, where you can reflect on their incredible journey and marvel at the beauty of Upper Dolpo. With its rugged terrain, ancient culture, and stunning landscapes, Upper Dolpo offers a truly unforgettable trekking experience for those willing to venture off the beaten path.

Important Note

It's important for you to carefully review the inclusions and exclusions provided by Nepal Everest Adventures and clarify any uncertainties before booking the trek and tour. Additionally, you should consider your personal preferences, budget, and specific needs when before your trip booking.

Trip Itinerary

  • Arrive in KathmanduTIA (Tribhuwan International Airport) one of our airport representatives to pick you up and transfer to your hotel.
  • After you check in your hotel and refresh or explore the vibrant streets and bustling markets of Kathmandu.

  • Guided tour of Kathmandu's UNESCO World Heritage Sites, including Swayambhunath, Boudhanath, and Pashupatinath. Final preparations and  gear check for the trek. Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Early morning flight to Nepalgunj, a city in the western Terai region of Nepal.
  • Transfer to your hotel and relax.
  • Overnight stay in Nepalgunj.

  • Morning flight to Juphal, the gateway to Dolpo.
  • Begin trekking to Dunai, the district headquarters of Dolpa.
  • Trek through terraced fields, forests, and picturesque villages.
  • Overnight stay in Dunai.

  • Trek along the banks of the Bheri River.
  • Pass through beautiful landscapes and small villages.
  • Overnight stay in Chepka.

  • Continue trekking along the Bheri River.
  • Cross suspension bridges and enjoy views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Renje.

  • Trek through dense forests and steep trails.
  • Reach Ringmo village, located near Phoksundo Lake.
  • Explore Ringmo village and visit the ancient monastery.
  • Overnight stay near Phoksundo Lake.

  • Explore the shores of Phoksundo Lake.
  • Optional hike to nearby viewpoints for panoramic views.
  • Relax and acclimatize to the altitude.
  • Overnight stay near Phoksundo Lake.

  • Leave Phoksundo Lake and trek towards Chunemba.
  • Pass through yak pastures and barren landscapes.
  • Overnight stay in Chunemba.

  • Trek to Shey Gompa, an ancient monastery located at the base of Crystal Mountain.
  • Explore Shey Gompa and learn about its history and significance.
  • Overnight stay near Shey Gompa.

  • Rest and explore the surroundings of Shey Gompa.
  • Optional hike to nearby viewpoints.
  • Overnight stay near Shey Gompa.

  • Trek to Namgung village, passing through high mountain passes.
  • Enjoy panoramic views of the Himalayas.
  • Overnight stay in Namgung.

  • Continue trekking towards Saldang village.
  • Pass through remote landscapes and traditional Tibetan villages.
  • Overnight stay in Saldang.

  • Trek to Yangze Gompa, a picturesque village with an ancient monastery.
  • Explore Yangze Gompa and interact with the local community.
  • Overnight stay in Yangze Gompa.

  • Trek to Sibu village, passing through rugged terrain and high passes.
  • Enjoy stunning views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Sibu.

  • Trek to Jeng La Phedi, the base of Jeng La Pass.
  • Prepare for the pass crossing.
  • Overnight stay at Jeng La Phedi.

  • Cross Jeng La Pass (5,090m) and descend to Tokyu Gaon.
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of the Himalayas from the pass.
  • Overnight stay in Tokyu Gaon.

  • Trek to Dho Tarap, one of the largest villages in Dolpo.
  • Explore the village and interact with the local people.
  • Overnight stay in Dho Tarap.

  • Rest and explore the unique culture and traditions of Dho Tarap.
  • Visit monasteries and traditional Tibetan homes.
  • Overnight stay in Dho Tarap.

  • Trek along the Tarap River towards Tarap Khola.
  • Enjoy the rugged landscapes and remote wilderness.
  • Overnight stay at Tarap Khola.

  • Trek to Khanigaon village, passing through beautiful valleys and pastures.
  • Enjoy views of the surrounding mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Khanigaon.

  • Continue trekking towards Tarakot village.
  • Pass through terraced fields and traditional Nepali villages.
  • Overnight stay in Tarakot.

  • Trek back to Dunai, retracing your steps along the Bheri River.
  • Enjoy your last day in the mountains.
  • Overnight stay in Dunai.

  • Fly from Juphal to Nepalgunj.
  • Connect with a flight from Nepalgunj to Kathmandu.
  • Transfer to your hotel in Kathmandu.
  • Overnight stay in Kathmandu.

  • Transfer to the airport for your onward journey.
  • Departure from Kathmandu.

This itinerary provides a comprehensive overview of the Upper Dolpo trek, allowing trekkers to experience the diverse landscapes, remote villages, and ancient monasteries of this stunning region. Keep in mind that trekking itineraries may vary depending on factors such as weather conditions, group preferences, and time constraints.

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      Trekking Permits:
      • Upper Dolpo Special Permit
      • Shey Phoksundo National Park Permit.
      • Accommodation in teahouses or lodges Tented Camp along the trekking route
      • Meals (breakfast, lunch, and dinner) during the trek
      • Transportation from Kathmandu to Nepalgunj Juphal by flight
      • Return transportation from Juphal Nepalgunj to Kathmandu by flight after completing the trek.
      • Arrival and departure transfer by Car.
      Guide and Porter:
      • Services of an experienced trekking guide who is knowledgeable about the route, culture, and safety considerations
      • Porter(s) to carry trekking gear and supplies.
      Emergency Assistance:
      • Emergency evacuation arrangements.
      • First aid kit and basic medical assistance.

Doesn't Include

    Personal Expenses:
    • International flights to and from Nepal 
    • Expenses for additional meals, snacks, beverages, and alcoholic drinks during the trek.
    • Expenses for optional activities or side trips not included in the itinerary.
    • Personal gear and equipment (e.g., trekking boots, sleeping bag, bag pack etc.)
    • Travel insurance (including medical and evacuation coverage)
    Tips and Gratuities:
    • Tips for guides, porters, and other staff members (tipping is customary in Nepal but discretionary)
    Optional Extras:
    • Optional activities before or after the trek (e.g., sightseeing tours in Kathmandu or Nepalgunj cultural experiences, etc.)
    • Rental fees for trekking gear and equipment (if you not brought)
    Meals in Cities:
    • Bar bills and beverages outside of the trekking itinerary and meals in Kathmandu and Nepalgunj.


    Upper Dolpo Trekking Route Map

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